I'm heading to Argentina in a week for my (belated) honeymoon. We'll be in Patagonia for a week - flying in and out of El Calafate. Definitely want to go to the glaciar and then head to El Chalten. The question is if we should then do Torres del Paine or head east to the coast and see Monte León National Park and maybe the petrified forest? Is the 2nd option impressive enough after already seeing the vistas of Los Glaciares National Park? We wouldn't do the 5 day circuit at TDP - just short day hikes.
Thank you in advance!!
Congratulations on your choice of honeymoon destination. El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier is really impressive. A must see. But one of my favourite places are El Chalten. The beauty of this area is magnificent. You can take short hiking trips....+- 30kms every day. It is incredible. Do take some warm clothes because the weather is very windy and unpredictable. I suggest you go the petrified forest. It is amazing and there are not allot of people. I am sure you will enjoy it. It is very different to Chalten.
To get to monte leon park you need fly to Rio Gallegos. It is very far. But it is also an excellent choice.
Thanks for your input! El Chaltan is definitely on the itinerary. And I just peeked at google maps - looks like driving to Monte Leon is 7.5 hours while the petrified forest is 13 -- so I think we'll stick with Monte Leon if anything. Was just wondering if it was worth the drive all the way across or if there are other sites around El Chaltan and El Calafate that make more sense to see..... thanks again!